Why do newspapers still publish anti-evolution crank mail?

As you know, I've started a bit of blogging at The X Blog. Please check out my latest post ...

Evolution is real. Creationism is not. Why are emails from creationists often published in respectable newspapers? There is a reason, and I'll tell you what it is below. (Preview: It is your fault.)...

Read More

More like this

Why don't I blog more? In part because I'm busy reading other blogs. I finally got around to adding some of my favorite science blogs outside the scienceblogs.com empire to the blogroll over on the left side. Allow me to take a moment to introduce you to them. The Anti-Toxo: A blog about every new…
This from the National Center for Science Education: As Florida continues to consider the draft of a new set of state science standards, there are reports about mounting creationist lobbying against the inclusion of evolution and for the inclusion of creationism. Writing in the Miami Herald (…
Food for thought from On the Media: Recently there's been a bit of a backlash against the angry commenter, especially the anonymous angry commenter. Newspapers around the country have had to disband comment sections because of racist content, ad hominem attacks and vulgarity. The Mayor of Hartford…
Marshall Helberger writes an interesting editorial in the Timberjay, a northern Minnesota newspaper, about creationist tactics. As editor of the Timberjay's editorial pages, there are few things that have been more frustrating over the years than determining how to handle this perennial debate…

You can't convince people evolution is real until you admit that reality is real. That's what the problem is.

Collin @1

What on earth do you mean by that?

By hoary puccoon (not verified) on 02 Sep 2011 #permalink

"What on earth do you mean by that?"

I think there is a large group of people out there who only believe what institutions tell them about reality. (This here Internet is one of those institutions.) They're raised in an environment where someone else does their thinking for them, and that's the way they carry on. They live in some kind of artificial reality distinct from the actual physical dimension that Science works with. Because of that, they are not able to understand reality-based arguments.

Yesterday I saw a kid with a t-shirt that said, "Faith: seeing is believing", which sums up this situation.

Which evolution?
Evolution. like god, means different things to different persons...

Natural selection is energy temporarily constrained in a mass format. Period.

Is Evolution Predictable

Of course it is.
Nearly. Approximation, proportional to extent of included factors.
And AFTER comprehending what evolution isâ¦

Is Evolution Predictable

From DH comment on

Origin And Nature Of Natural Selection

Life is another mass format, a self-replicating mass format.
All mass formats are subject to natural selection.
Natural selection is the delaying conversion of mass to the energy fueling cosmic expansion.
Cosmic expansion is the reconversion of all the Big Bang singularity mass to energy.

Natural Selection Updated 2010, Beyond Historical Concepts:

Natural Selection applies to ALL mass formats. Life, a self-replicating format, is just one of them.
Natural Selection Defined:

Natural selection is E (energy) temporarily constrained in an m (mass) format. Period.

Natural selection is a ubiquitous property of each and every and all cosmic mass, spin array, formats, from the biggest black hole to the smallest physical particle. Mass strives to increase its constrained energy content in attempt to postpone its reconversion to energy and to postpone addition of its constitutional energy to the totality of the cosmic energy that fuels the cosmic expansion going on since Big Bang.

Dov Henis
(comments from 22nd century)